Sudden Coffee Review : I Can’t Believe I Drank Instant Coffee!

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Sudden Coffee Review

I get daily requests to try a coffee in hopes that I’ll publish a review. I’m always happy to try new coffees and equipment. Come on, who’s going to turn down free coffee?

I don’t take joy in posting negative reviews, so the vast majority of products that fall into the “convenient coffee” category never see the light of day on my site. I was pleasantly surprised, though, when I tried the samples of Sudden Coffee’s instant coffee products. These are specialty, single-origin coffees roasted by notable vendors like Equator Coffee Roasters and Intelligentsia. Not what you would expect from an instant product.

I’m definitely not going to suddenly (see what I did there?) say that I’m switching to instant coffee, but when compared to Starbucks’ VIA, Keurig K-Cups, or any other quick & easy method of creating a cup of coffee, Sudden Coffee is my choice in a pinch.

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When I took the “VIA Challenge” at Starbucks, I instantly knew which cup was the freshly brewed coffee and which was the instant. The cup of VIA spewed an odor of chemicals and that’s exactly how it tasted, too. As Ron Burgundy would say, “It stings the nostrils…in a bad way.”

I expected a similar experience with the Sudden Coffee product, but what I experienced was a shock. The aroma was pleasant and clean, not nearly as rich as my usual, strong brew from a french press and home-ground beans, but far superior to the majority of restaurant coffees and certainly better than any capsule brewing system I’ve tried.

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The taste of the medium and light roasts was smooth, pleasant, and extremely clean. I had to reduce the amount of water used to provide the strength that I prefer, but 6 ounces of water will be fine for most coffee drinkers. When compared to what my in-laws consider as freshly brewed coffee, Suddenly Coffee comes out way ahead.

Suddenly coffee is miles ahead of the mass-produced brewed coffees like Maxwell House, Folgers, etc. As mentioned before, it also beats out the other convenient coffees like K-Cups, capsules, or any other instant I’ve tried. I wouldn’t say that Suddenly Coffee will replace the daily process for specialty coffee drinkers, but there are several instances where Suddenly Coffee is an outstanding option.

Consider using Suddenly Coffee when you are

  • Backpacking
  • Camping
  • Traveling
  • On-the-go

How to get Suddenly Coffee

Suddenly Coffee is primarily sold via a subscription model, although you can purchase one-time orders of 8 or 48-cup packages. The most economical option is the 24-cup pouch, which comes out to $1.75 per cup. Here are a few options…

  • Use Suddenly Coffee coupon code SUDDENLOVE to get $4 off one-time order of $24+
  • Subscribe to the program (shipments every 1-6 months) and get free shipping. Cancel anytime
  • Order the FREE Trial 2-pack, only pay $3 for shipping


Except for the 24-cup pouch, Suddenly Coffee comes in premeasured doses in plastic vials. At first, I thought that was a lot of plastic waste, but quickly discovered that the packaging is made of compostable PLA plastic. You can learn more about Suddenly Coffee’s sustainability practices here.

How To Make Coffee With The AeroPress :: Inverted AeroPress Video Tutorial

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Aeropress video tutorial :: How to Aeropress :: Aeropress Coffee

How to Use the AeroPress (Inverted Method)

When I started this blog, the first two videos were How To Brew Coffee With The French Press, and How To Brew Coffee With The AeroPress.  Admittedly, I was not on my game yet.  I have learned much since that time, and I have previously updated the French Press Tutorial, and now it’s time to set the record straight on how to PROPERLY use the AeroPress coffee brewer.  There are several techniques out there, but the one that I employ is easy for any Joe Schmoe to duplicate.  It produces a rich, flavorful cup of coffee, and does not involve any crazy tactics that will discourage you from using it on a daily basis.

When I first tried the AeroPress, I wanted to see what all of the hype was about.  People were, and still are, going crazy over this brewer.  I mean, how good can a coffee maker that is manufactured by Aerobie be?  These guys got famous by inventing a super duper frisbee for crying out loud.  Well, I was kind of disappointed when it was all said and done.  I strongly suggest chucking the included instructions into [Continue reading]

How To Clean a Chemex : #CoffeeTip

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How to clean a chemex no scrubbing

How To Clean a Chemex Without Scrubbing

I’m sure a great number of people have shared my struggle to clean coffee equipment that has a narrow opening. Coffee oils cling to surfaces and turn rancid. These rotten oils add undesirable flavors to your brew. Nasty! I had a long bottle brush, but it was a total PITA to get it in just the right shape to make sufficient contact. Achieving enough pressure to scrub the oils away was another challenge.


There Has to be a Better Way!

How To Clean A Chemex no scrubbing wYes, there is a better way, and it is ridiculously simple to clean your Chemex, with absolutely zero scrubbing. This method will also work quite well with airpots, siphon brewers, as well as any other item that is made of metal or glass. I never use any detergents on plastic items, as plastics can hold onto cleaners forever. OxiClean is like a solid form of Hydrogen Peroxide, so it doesn’t seem to contain anything that would leave tastes behind, but I haven’t used it on plastic yet. Perhaps I’ll test it out on a cheapo Melitta.

What You’ll Need

  • Hot Water
  • 2T – 3T of OxiClean (Readily available at local stores)

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  • Add OxiClean to the Chemex
  • Fill Chemex with hot water
  • Wait 2-6 hours
  • Rinse

You see how scuzzy my 13-cup Chemex was. I used about 3T of OxiClean and let it sit for about 2 hours. I could immediately see the coffee oils lifting away from the sides of the Chemex. It was magical and sounded like a bowl of Rice Krispies.

Do you have any tips or tricks to cleaning coffee equipment?

If so, please include them in the comment section!

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